09/05/2006 11:00PM

Two powers clash in Retama Futurity


RUIDOSO, N.M. - Fastest qualifier Streakin Illusively and Retama Park Futurity winner Zoomin for Bux are the horses to beat in the Grade 1, $316,000 Sam Houston Futurity on Friday night at Sam Houston Race Park.

Streakin Illusively has three wins in four starts, with his sole defeat a third-place finish in the TQHA Sale Futurity as the 1-2 favorite. He rebounded from that loss in his Sam Houston trial, bobbling at the start and rallying to win in 20.268 seconds for 400 yards, the fastest qualifying time.

Zoomin for Bux is on a three-race winning streak, highlighted by a Retama Park 350-yard track record of 17.14 seconds in the Grade 1 Retama Park Futurity. He has five wins from seven career starts, and his only defeats came behind multiple Grade 1 futurity winner Okey Dokey Fantasy.

First Tea Rose could be dangerous in the Sam Houston Futurity, with three wins and a troubled seventh in the Grade 2 Firecracker Futurity from five starts. She won her Sam Houston trial in 20.348 seconds, the fourth-fastest qualifying time.

La Bron steps up in derby

Fastest qualifier La Bron makes his stakes debut in the Grade 2, $122,000 Sam Houston Derby on Saturday night after scoring an upset win in his trial.

La Bron, at 9-1, got his second career win from six starts when he won his derby trial by three-quarters of a length in 21.949 seconds for 440 yards.

Fly Cat Corona and Shazoomer - the second- and third-fastest qualifiers, respectively - have stakes experience. Fly Cat Corona was second in the Lazy E Derby and third in the Savannah Jr Stakes, both at Remington Park. Shazoomer was second in the 2005 East Juvenile Challenge at Delta Downs.

Hunt strong in two Prairie stakes

Trainer Charley Hunt is positioned to sweep two stakes with the fastest qualifiers for the Grade 2, $174,850 Valley Junction Futurity and the Grade 3, $60,800 Altoona Derby at Prairie Meadows.

The Hunt-trained A Silver Goblin set the quickest qualifying time for Saturday's 350-yard Valley Junction Futurity with a 3 1/2-length trial win in 17.854 seconds. It was his second straight victory by daylight.

Air Corona topped the qualifiers to Friday's Altoona Derby with a two-length trial win in 19.679 seconds for 400 yards. It was his first win in five 2006 starts.

No Secrets Here bound for Los Al

No Secrets Here came out of his victory in Monday's Grade 1, $1.9 million All American Futurity in good condition, and will be shipped from Ruidoso Downs to Los Alamitos Race Course this weekend, according to his trainer, Paul Jones.

"Our main goal is the Los Alamitos Million, and the Golden State Million is a possibility," Jones said at his Ruidoso Downs barn on Tuesday.

No Secrets Here ran the quarter-mile Futurity in 20.88 seconds, lowering the race's 440-yard stakes record of 21 seconds flat set by DM Shicago in 2004.

Czech Ala Susan in good spot

Czech Ala Susan is well placed in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies in the $18,000 Corona Kool Overnight Handicap on Friday night at Los Alamitos.

Czech Ala Susan fits well at this level with a conditioned allowance win and a close second in the Dashing Folly Handicap in her latest two outs. She lost by a nose in the Dashing Folly as the 4-5 favorite.